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Butterfly Heaven
A small garden in Chicago’s far South Side brings in big numbers of butterflies. By Carolyn Ulrich

Great Underused Shrubs
Our top 10 picks (plus two peonies). By Susan Randstrom Bruck

Flowers and Forms
This garden blends modernity with traditional floral abundance. By Carolyn Ulrich


Gardening Basics
Fall Maintenance Musts

Curb Appeal
Fanciful Foliage

The Hands-On Gardener
Winter Gardening

The Indoor Garden
Bulbs for Spring Containers

The Edible Garden
Herbs Step Out

Kids’ Gardening
All That Glitters

Chicagoland Natives
Prairie Home Companions

The Garden Classroom
Biochar Basics

The Container Garden
Fall Flair and Flash

Mike Nowak


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